Liver Surgery Overview
Unlike some other parts of the body, parts of the liver can be removed without affecting its function. This is what make laparoscopic hepatectomy a good choice for anyone who has liver cancer or another liver disease. Laparoscopic liver removal (also known as a liver resection) is a minimally invasive surgery than requires a shorter hospital stay and less recovery time than traditional open liver surgery. The skilled surgeons at Arizona Premier Surgery perform left, right, or partial laparoscopic liver removal surgery depending on the location of the cancer in the liver.
Liver Surgery Reviews
"As an otherwise healthy 32 year old mother of two, I was shocked to be diagnosed with metastatic colon cancer. From the day of my diagnosis, to the intensive surgery, and care following my procedure Dr. Amini has been incredible. I feel completely confident and comfortable in his care. He successful completed a complicated colon and liver surgery, removing a foot of my colon, 70% of my liver, and reconstructing a bile duct. I walked away from this 9 hour surgery without any complications. Dr. Amini is clearly a skilled surgeon, and equally important (to us) is that he has been a caring and compassionate doctor. He always takes the time to describe things in ways we understand and has helped us navigate this serious disease. Dr. Amini has been an instrumental part of my treatment and life. I will be forever be grateful for his care."- B.F. / Facebook / Dec 04, 2015
"Dr. Philip Pepple. Fantastic surgeon."- C.H. / Facebook / Sep 08, 2018
"Dr. Pepple was my Surgeon for a very complicated surgery. He met with my family and explained everything in understandable terms and made me feel very much at ease about the upcoming procedure. He was at the hospital every day to monitor my progress and assure me everything was progressing as it should. Also, after surgery he explained everything that was accomplished to me and my family."- J.F. / Healthgrades / Apr 09, 2019
"Very thorough and professional. Spent all the time I needed to describe my surgery and after care."- T. / Healthgrades / Oct 02, 2019
"Excellent patient care, minimal wait time and great staff! Dr. Pepple, is caring and takes his time discussing your health and treatment options."- K. / Healthgrades / Nov 24, 2019
Common Reason for Surgery
The most common reason for a hepatectomy is to treat liver cancer by removing part of the liver that is infected or abnormal. After the piece of the liver is removed it can be diagnosed by a pathologist to determine if further treatment is needed. A healthy body is able to function normally if part of the liver is removed.
About Lap Hepactectomy
A hepatectomy is performed with the patient under general anesthesia in an accredited surgical facility. After the patient is prepared, 3 – 4 small incisions will be made in the abdomen near the liver. Carbon dioxide will be used to inflate the abdomen so the surgeon can see clearly with the laparoscope. The diseased portion of the liver is removed, then the cut is cauterized to minimize bleeding. The removed part of the liver will be removed from the abdomen, the gas will be released, and the surgeon can close the surgical incisions.
What to Expect with Liver Surgery
A hepactectomy usually takes about 2 – 4 hours and since it is an in-patient surgery, at least one night in the hospital will be required for care and observation. Once discharged from the hospital or surgical center, most patients need 6 – 8 weeks recovery time before they can resume all of their normal activities. Strenuous activities, like exercise, should be discussed with your doctor to prevent pain or injury. Patients should follow up with their doctor 3 months after their surgery to assess their recovery progress and determine if any additional appointments need to be scheduled.
Plan Your Procedure
- Recovery Time
- 6 - 8 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 2 - 4 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 3 Months
- Procedure Recovery Location
Treating Liver Cancer
A cancer diagnosis can be scary and overwhelm you with treatment options. We invite you to schedule a consultation at Arizona Premier Surgery to learn about minimally invasive liver removal surgery and the benefits of our treatment.